Released at the end of December 2020 exclusively in Japan, the SEGA Astro City Mini not only looks like the original 1993 Astro City but also comes with 37 different SEGA Arcade games. SEGA has also released various accessories to support the Astro City Mini, including a six-button gamepad, arcade stick, and a Game Center Style Kit. The Game Center Style Kit includes a coin bank that snaps into the Astro City Mini to complete its resemblance to the Astro City while also having a seat and marquee with stickers. With two USB ports, an audio-out jack, and an HDMI port that displays the included arcade games at a 720P resolution, it’s hard not to fall in love with this little unit. Those outside of Japan that would like to add the Astro City Mini to their collection can easily do so by signing up for an Amazon.JP account and having it shipped internation­ally to them.

The emulation of the Astro City Mini games is mostly accurate, but I did detect a bit of input lag on side-scrolling shooters like Thunder Force AC. Games like Alien Syndrome, Shadow Dancer, Virtual Boy, and Arabian Fight were the main reason I wanted to pick up the Astro City Mini, and they played great on both the on-screen game cabinet and on a big-screen hook up via HDMI cable.

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From the moment he touched an Intellivision controller in 1985, Mike knew that he had experienced something incredible in the world of video games that would shape him for the rest of his life. From that point forward, he would make it his mission to experience video games from every console generation going forward. Eventually, he would become obsessed with magazines that wrote about the games he loved, and it would inspire him to start writing about games himself in 1998 for various local media outlets. Always looking for an opportunity to branch out, Mike eventually coded the foundation of a website that would ultimately morph into Gamer Logic Dot Net, an independent video game site that continues to cover modern and classic video game today. Additional, Mike composes music for indie games under his other alias "Unleaded Logic"